Thursday, July 16, 2009

After Complaint, Conn. DCF Removes Web Links To Churches That Welcome Gays

After Complaint, DCF Removes Web Links To Churches That Welcome Gays -
HARTFORD — - The state Department of Children and Families has removed from its website links to "open and affirming" churches after a group opposed to gay marriage threatened legal action.

"We thought it was appropriate to take these down from our website. ... Concerns over the separation of church and state did come into play," department spokesman Josh Howroyd said Wednesday.

Churches that are designated "open and affirming" have publicly declared themselves welcoming to people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.

The Family Institute of Connecticut said such links clearly violate both the First Amendment and parental rights and had asked for them to be removed. The group, represented by the American Center for Law and Justice, a nonprofit law firm founded by evangelist Pat Robertson and specializing in constitutional law, threatened to sue....

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